Holiday Broccoli Salad

6 servings
15 min

This is the perfect salad for the holidays because you can make it ahead of time, the ingredients are easy to find, it is colorful and looks great on the table!

If you are looking for something healthy to add to your holiday feasts and celebrations, then this is the perfect side dish. Not a traditional salad with lettuce and the same old toppings, this one has broccoli as the base and its own dressing to compliment the flavors.

We always have this on the table at our family gatherings this time of year since it helps everyone add some much needed veggies to their plate in one easy dish.

At our house, everyone wants to help make the meals, so we assign dishes to all the brothers and sisters. Some of them are not as comfortable in the kitchen as others, so this is a good one to give to the non-chefs. Even the kids can help make this!

This salad is crisp and fresh and doesn't require any cooking at all.

The homemade dressing uses lemon for a fresh burst of flavor and dijon mustard to a bit of tang.

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Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 4 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped radishes
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I like to use grape and cut them in half)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I like the jarred kind since it is less bitter than fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Toss the broccoli, onion, carrots, radishes and tomatoes in a large bowl.
In a small bowl or container with a tight lid, combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic and mustard. Shake or whisk to combine.
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
  • If you don't have dijon mustard, you can use any kind of mustard you have like stone ground or even horseradish.
  • If you are using larger tomatoes than grape or cherry, I would recommend seeding them before chopping or else they will add quite a bit of liquid to the salad.
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  • Lydia Lydia on Dec 11, 2021

    This sounds yummy! I love lemon dressed salads! The addition of radishes sounds great. This would keep in fridge for a couple days for lunch! Calorie friendly, too! Thanks!!!! Happy Holidays!

  • Scf Scf on Dec 12, 2021

    What can I use instead of radishes if I don't have any available?

    • You can use any kind of radish: red, watermelon, daikon... but if you don't have them, you can substitute jicama for the crunch and texture even though it doesn't have the same taste. Other options could be parsnips or even purple or white carrots. Raw turnip could work too.